The iFightDepression tool
… is an internet-based and guided self-management tool for adults and adolescents with milder forms of depression. It is available in several European languages.
The iFightDepression tool is free to use. It is intended to help individuals to self-manage their symptoms of depression and to promote recovery with support from a trained (mental) health professional. The tool is based on principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), a type of therapy which has been proven to be effective in treating depression.
The iFightDepression tool is available for registered patients via a personal log in. The users can work through it at their own pace.For young people, an adapted version of the programme is available with specific workshops on social relationships and social anxiety.
The use of this version is recommended for adolescentsand young adults aged 15–2.
The iFightDepression website
www.ifightdepression.com aims to provide evidence based information about depression and suicidal behaviour addressing the following groups:
- Broad public
- Young people
- Family and friends
- Community professionals (media, teachers, religiousleaders, police)
- Health care professionals (general practitioners, pharmacists)
The website was launched in April 2014 and is available in ten European languages (status February 2015). More languages such as Italian, Russian and Turkish will followin the future.
The website consists of various subpages on different depression topics, e.g. information on the causes, symptoms and treatment options of depression.
Visitors can take a self-test, provide feedback about the website and fi nd national help contacts as well as useful links, a glossary and a download section with region specific material.
- Arensman et al. (2015): Depression awareness and self-management through the internet: protocol for an internationally standardized approach. JMIR Research Protocols.
- Justicia et al. (2017): Rationale and methods of the iFightDepression study: A double-blind, randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of an internet-based self-management tool for moderate to mild depression. BMC Psychiatry.